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Crane Simulator Trains Baltimore Longshoremen Without Disrupting Dock Operations

Port of Baltimore Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore bought a $500,000 simulator this year to train crane operators at the Port of Baltimore without affecting the day-to-day loading and unloading of cargo.

Colin Campbell | The Baltimore Sun
October 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Great Dane Introduces ‘FleetPulse’ Smart Trailer System

Great Dane Mike Molitor, Great Dane’s director of business development, speaks at the press conference. (Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Great Dane has introduced FleetPulse, its new smart trailer telematics system that is the result of a three-year project. It is available now and intended to begin to prepare a foundation for trailers in the emerging world of electrification, autonomy and smart distribution centers.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 27, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Five Indicted in New Orleans Over Allegations of ‘Staged’ Accident With Truck

Covenant Transport Services truck Covenant attorneys James Prather and Bowman Fetzer, of New Orleans law firm Galloway Johnson, said they spent at least three months investigating the accident. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A federal grand jury in New Orleans has indicted five individuals on six counts of an alleged wire fraud conspiracy in connection with a 2017 auto accident with a tractor-trailer that prosecutors say was staged.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Maximizing Truck Maintenance

Truck Maintenance Southeastern Freight Lines started to implement Lean strategies in its shops in 2016. (Southeastern Freight Lines)

Manufacturing first embraced Lean and Six Sigma techniques — tools and strategies to improve business processes — in the 1980s, and the concepts are gaining ground in truck maintenance shops. Those in the trucking industry who have applied Lean or Six Sigma processes said they can cut waste and increase their shops’ efficiency.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
October 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

NACV to Feature Top Truck Makers, Industry Suppliers

2017 North American Commercial Vehicle Show View of the inaugural 2017 North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. This year's show covers more exhibition space.

The trucking industry’s premier players are set to land in Atlanta for the biennial North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Fireworks Companies Seek HOS Exemption From FMCSA

A driver relaxes in his sleeper berth A driver relaxes in his sleeper berth. (Volvo Trucks North America via YouTube)

Two pyrotechnics companies have asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to grant them exemption from certain hours-of-service rules.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

More Groups Advocating For Highway Bill, Infrastructure Push Congress

Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press

A coalition of nearly 40 prominent infrastructure stakeholders has urged the powerful Republican leader of the U.S. Senate to set up consideration for a comprehensive highway bill this year.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Receives More Than 2,600 Comments on HOS Proposal

FMCSA HOS policies Trucks park for a rest break along the side of Interstate 66 in Manassas, Va. (Jim Galligan for Transport Topics)

The variety of the more than 2,600 written public comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed changes to its hours-of-service rules illustrate the challenge of finding solutions that address the concerns of the trucking industry’s different segments.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Haldex Sees Net Income Fall, Revenue Rise in Q3

Haldex boxes at a factory Haldex Group

Commercial vehicle brake supplier Haldex AB reported lower third-quarter earnings and higher revenue as it increased sales slightly in North America.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

How Indiana Got to the ‘I-69 Finish Line’

Indiana I-69 Vehicles travel along Interstate 69 north of Angola, Ind. (Associated Press/Joe Raymond)

The Indiana Department of Transportation has dubbed Section 6 of the Interstate 69 project the “I-69 Finish Line.”

Michael Reschke | The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
October 24, 2019

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